COLUMN: Aaron’s Backstage Pass: NES Remix 2 Wii U Review

Updated: 04/21/2014 11:01 AM By: Aaron Chalich

Photo courtesy of Nintendo
Photo courtesy of Nintendo

This past weekend I received a review code for Nintendo’s “NES Remix 2” on the Nintendo Wii U, and I absolutely loved it.

I do have to say that “NES Remix 2” is my favorite game of the two, because it features just about every one of my favorite Nintendo games such as “Punch-Out,” “Super Mario Bros. 2,” “Super Mario Bros. 3,” “Kid Icarus,” Metroid,”  “Zelda 2: The Adventures of Link,” “Dr. Mario,” plus many more.

The “Remix” stages are awesome because they are more challenging, and you never know what challenges you will have to face. 

In each game, you have several stages, and each stage has a certain number of challenges that you must complete as quickly as you can.  For example, in “Zelda 2: The Adventure of Link” there is a challenge where you will have to grab a fairy to gain all of your life back, then you will have to try and make it across a lava pit (transformed as a fairy) without getting hit by enemies, then the last thing you must do is defeat a dragon.

Once you complete a stage, you get a star ranking.  Your goal is to get three rainbow stars and that is determined by how fast you made it through challenges, if you got hit and if you had to continue or not.  You have three hearts, and if you miss a challenge, you can try again.  If you lose all of your hearts the game is over, but you can continue where you left off, and you will only get one star.

When you earn a certain amount of stars, new Remix Stages will unlock, and other game titles will be available to play.  I really liked this a lot because you never knew which games were going to appear next.

At the end of each stage you will also get “bits.”  The bits are awarded on your first time clearing the level, and if you do other things in the stage such as go through it perfectly or if you get rainbow stars.  If you get a certain amount of bits, stamps will be unlocked.  You can leave messages on each stage for other players to see, and you can use the stamps in the messages.  I thought that was pretty cool.

One really cool feature that I thought was awesome was that you can go back and watch your most recent play though of a stage and all of the challenges. When you highlight a stage, there is a little play icon, and if you click on that, your most recent play through will be replayed along with each button you pushed to get through the challenge. 

There are two really awesome game modes that are also available when you download “NES Remix 2.”  There is “Super Luigi Bros.” where you get to play as Luigi, and the unique thing about it is that it’s the entire original “Super Mario Bros.” game in reverse.  It’s extremely challenging and a lot of fun to play.

The other mode is “Championship Mode,” and in order to play it, you have to have both “NES Remix” and “NES Remix 2.”  Championship mode was inspired by the 1990 Nintendo World Championship event.  Players had a certain amount of time to complete challenges in three NES games.  Now you have the same amount of time to complete three challenges in “Super Mario Bros.,” “Super Mario Bros. 3,” and “Dr. Mario.”  The scores are then posted to the Miiverse so you can compare your scores with friends and other players.

I really enjoyed Nintendo’s “NES Remix 2” a lot.  If you are a fan of the classic Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) games then this is the game for you.  There are so many great games included such as “Super Mario Bros. 2,” “Metroid,” “Punch-Out,” etc., and it was fun to go back and play them again.  Plus, the new NES Remix 2 challenges are fun and exciting to play.   The controls are very easy to learn for each game, and some of the games feature a brief little tutorial video on how to play them, which is very helpful.

At first I thought that I would fly through the “NES Remix” games, but that is not the case.  The challenges seem very simple at first, but they are actually very challenging.

“NES Remix 2” will be available to download on Nintendo’s eShop on April 25.

Aaron Chalich is a entertainment columnist.